Angry Birds Possibly Flapping From iPhone to Movie Theaters

Angry Birds Possibly Flapping From iPhone to Movie Theaters

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Developer Rovio has hit a paydirt with its popular smartphone puzzler Angry Birds, and now it's planning to turn the game into a movie.

Despite the fact that a good film based on a videogame has yet to come out of Hollywood, people keep on trying to make one. Well, theoretically. They certainly keep on making movies based on games. As it turns out, the latest title in development for a celluloid treatment is Angry Birds, a popular smartphone puzzle game.

Mikael Hed, the CEO of Rovio (the developer behind Angry Birds), recently revealed to Reuters that his company is currently meeting with various Hollywood studios about developing the popular game into a movie.

Angry Birds is known for many things: charming artwork, challenging puzzles, and addictive gameplay. It isn't known for an amazing plot, though, since the story is all about how a bunch of birds are slingshot across a screen in order to get their eggs back from the pigs who stole them. Exactly what the movie adaptation would be about remains to be seen.

According to Hed, though, he wants to turn Angry Birds into a, "fully-fledged entertainment brand," similar to what Pixar has done with its various movies. "We want to go beyond games," Hed said.

The app, which sells for $0.99 on the iPhone, has been downloaded over 6.5 million times since it was released. Meanwhile, the free version of the game (which features much more limited content) has been downloaded over 11 million times. Versions of the game are coming to the Palm and Android platforms in the next couple of weeks, and ports for PSP, Wii, and DSi consoles are all planned, too.

As someone who often finds himself playing Angry Birds during particularly boring class lectures, I have no problem admitting that the game is great fun. However, I'm not sure it's worthy of getting made into a movie. In order to be great, movies require compelling plots and relatable characters, and Angry Birds doesn't really have either.

Source: Reuters via MSNBC

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I don't even know how to process this.

An iPhone game... a movie? I... whuh... buh...

10 years ago this would have been a funny joke. In 2010 this is very real and not funny at all.

That...is a awful, awful, AWFUL idea.

I haven't played it, but based on the art style, I would guess they're likely pitching it like a young kids film. Maybe an educational style young kids movie like Blue's Clues or something. Or maybe even something like the Chicken Little movie that came out awhile ago.

Either way, I wouldn't expect them to try and do a straight adaptation of the game, or even really try to bring the gameplay over at all. Likely it'll just be your average kids movie and plot that happens to share a name (and maybe some artistic stylings) of the game.

This sounds about as awesome as Battleship: The Movie, which sounds incredibly lame.

I think Alfred Hitchcock would have something to say about this

They could be very clever and make a movie about an iPhone game being turned into a movie before everyone realised it was a stupid idea and went home instead.

A game I beat in less than 1 day turned into a movie. This shall not end well.

Talk about one huge jump for mobile media! Thats...pretty impressive someone could think of making a movie from it!

Wow someone got his succes in to his head.

There's only one word to describe this: lolwut.

Ooo so it's now coming to Android, that's somethng to look forward to.
As for a Movie? Haha.

vansau:
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Is there any rule barring me from posting the Picard facepalm right now?

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Don't you love how one guy makes simple game (crush the castle), then another guy adds some "cute" bullshit to it, and suddenly it sells millions of copies?

Its like iphone games work exactly opposite the rest of the industry.

This has to be one of the worst fucking ideas ever. Plus I'm pretty sure Crush the Castle came before Angry Birds, like how Trenches completely ripped-off Con-Artist's Warfare games.

Cynical skeptic:
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Don't you love how one guy makes simple game (crush the castle), then another guy adds some "cute" bullshit to it, and suddenly it sells millions of copies?

Its like iphone games work exactly opposite the rest of the industry.

gah, ninja'd.

vansau:
In order to be great, movies require compelling plots and relatable characters, and Angry Birds doesn't really have either.

See, that's why I think this might actually work fairly well - since there's basically nothing to adapt apart from the art style, so long as somebody doesn't stupidly try to script in the mechanics of an iPhone app, there's no way they could screw the plot or characters up, since there really aren't any. With no obligation to tie anything beyond the visuals to the originating game, you could theoretically avoid most of the pitfalls that seem to plague game to film adaptations; provided of course that they actually write a decent script - nothing stops non-game adaptation films from being terrible after all.

Sad part is that it is a bad enough idea as the time when they have, and are still making the movie that was roughly made from the board game 'Battleship'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battleship_%28film%29

Despite what parts of the wikipedia page says, yes, it was originally invented off of the board game.

Oh man, I'm unsure how to respond to this. Movies based off games rarely do well, but a iPhone? That's just... setting up for failure. I'm trying to figure out how it'll even look. I'd actually laugh if it was someone playing the whole game for a movie.

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When has a movie or television series ever been just as good as the game, but this? This is sad, turning an addictive iPhone game into a two hour film.

[1] Intentional bad spelling

Egg stealing pigs and birds going in for a rescue mission. Yeah I can see it. Not going to be hard giving the birds and pigs names and personalities.

Iphone has finnaly gone for the ultimate advertisment for shame.

I... what.

what?

what?

What next, Doodle Jump the movie?!

Now I've heard of birdbrained ideas but this is ridiculous.

DarkPanda XIII:
Sad part is that it is a bad enough idea as the time when they have, and are still making the movie that was roughly made from the board game 'Battleship'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battleship_%28film%29

Despite what parts of the wikipedia page says, yes, it was originally invented off of the board game.

I thought Das Boot was generally thought of as a decent movie about naval combat, myself.

As for the topic, I see no reason this can't work, the game has nothing to go on except a picture of a cute bird, except that maybe, hey, it's 'snarky', and kids love that, right, and we're marketing this movie to the 'iphone generation, yeah, and so it's gotta be like pixar style animation, but in 3D, yeah, and have loads of references and in jokes, yeah and...

Sorry, yeah, I can see how this will be utterly awful now, the moment they let anyone in marketing touch it.

rofl! Me, ryan and... fuck.. whats his name? meh cant remember. anyway we play angry birds every monday lecture. It's amazing.

blitz609:
This sounds about as awesome as Battleship: The Movie, which sounds incredibly lame.

Is that a real thing...because I would watch that...actually.

OT: whatever, don't have an iphone and I am pretty sick of CG movies to tell you the truth. I miss the days of cartooning and animation.

I'm going to be devil's advocate here and say, why not? (despite offering a virtually opposite opinion only a few posts back. Hey, people can change their mind, right?)

IF they can get good animators on board, and create a fun, engaging tale of pigs vs birds, and build some character for the main birds and pigs, and get some decent (not necessarily famous, but decent) voice actors in, there's zero reason it can't be , well, not a 'Toy Story', but a reasonably successful and enjoyable CGI movie.

Of course, it's more likely, they'll knock out a cheap cash in, get people like Dane Cook and Snooki to do voiceovers, and they'll have a soulless but profitable hit.

god this sounds so stupid,
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just more proof Hollywood is now run by morons

has anyone found out Moviebob's opinion on this

 

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